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first post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543811)

first post!

Re:first post (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543818)

That's .. like .. historic! Something to tell your grandchildren. Grats

Cool! (4, Funny)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543817)

I can't get enough of first person shooters! Why, there just are so many of them out there that I can't make up my mind which one to play. And it's not like they are at all similar to each other. The weapons in one are completely different from the weapons in the other ones. Also the enemies in one are completely different than the enemies in the others.

I can't wait until next year when they update this with a booster pack that includes different weapons and enemies!

In other news... (5, Funny)

sparcnut (775902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543819)

Hell reported to be experiencing record-breaking temperature lows. Predictions show that Hell will freeze over just about when Duke Nukem Forever goes gold.

Re:In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543845)

Wait a minute. Duke Nukem Forever is never going gold. Therefore, there is no problem. Whew. That was a close one.

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

TAGmclaren (820485) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543879)

and here was me thinking "Steam" was just a Valve insider joke for the fact that HL2 was going to be Vaporware :)

-- james

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

hexag (777292) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543885)

Which is interestingly correlated to a cat's chance in hell have been gradulaly improving for the past month. Rumours that the cat is actually in possesion of DN:Forever are unsubstanciated.

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543893)

Which is interestingly correlated to a cat's chance in hell have been gradulaly improving for the past month. Rumours that the cat is actually in possesion of DN:Forever are unsubstanciated.


That only makes sense if the cat is named 'Snowball'.

That's not what IGN is reporting (4, Informative)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543821)

Valve Software's Half-Life 2 has been submitted to the BBFC for certification, we've learnt this afternoon, news which adds credence to recent rumours that Vivendi is shortly to announce that the hotly anticipated first-person shooter sequel has finally 'gone gold'.

Re:That's not what IGN is reporting (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544012)

Its already been leaked in France. I'm playing it as I type now but it seems a bit buggy. the controls only let me to drop my weapon or retreat.

Kalinga

Re:That's not what IGN is reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544565)

LOL

Re:That's not what IGN is reporting (2, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544135)

What do you make of the gamespot [gamespot.com] report though? They seem certain it's done.

Also IGN did mention a shipping date - probably November. If Valve is *anywhere near* done with this game, late November / early December is the latest it will ship. They do NOT want to miss Christmas.

While games aren't the center of my universe, Half Life was fun and the early technology preview demos of HL2 were very cool. With all the negativity over Steam and Valve's excuses for pushing back the schedule, I'd almost forgotten that HL2 may be a really great game after all.

Re:That's not what IGN is reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544295)

Hey, what the fuck is going on with you? haven't seen you around #plan9 for ages.

Hope you are doing fine, take care /uriel

What's it saying... (1, Interesting)

acceber (777067) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543823)

...when games where you shoot people (Half-Life) and games where you play God (The Sims) becomes one of the most important aspects for the lives of millions. Both of those games have gone gold.

Does it reflect our desires or the nature of humanity to any extent?

Re:What's it saying... (2, Insightful)

chadw17 (308037) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543840)

That we've simultaneously both evolved and returned to our base instincts since "Pong"? Or maybe it's just a game.

Re:What's it saying... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543883)

Uh, it seems to me that you're mixing up the term "going gold" (selling x amount of units) with the term "golden master." Golden master is a term for when a piece of finished software goes to the production plant to be mass produced. It is called the golden master because, at least at one point, the finished software was put on a golden master disc that was used to produce all the others.

Re:What's it saying... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543969)

Does it reflect our desires or the nature of humanity to any extent?

In my view, yes, to a very small extend it does... but it is an extent many times smaller then the extent of experimental psycological research like the millgram experiments [wikipedia.org] . which far predate DooM and half-life.

Try comparing what these experiments showed about human nature compared to what the often observed but never scientificly proven desire among a group of people for shiny fast cars.... If you are excited about the things that sport car buying behaviour can tell us about ourself then you might just be a psycologist, the same goes for games I guess.

You can speculate on what part of human nature these games expose. Personnaly I like to think they show that there is still a strong will to survive in even the most boring office dwellers. Little else would explain why a dark spacestation filled with creatures that can kill you, just not for real, can be excisting.

Its funny (and perhaps a little telling) how people always talk about how first person shooters are about shooting other humans or creatures totaly ignoring that the player spends hours in an environment filled with entities that fight back, fiercly, and in a way optimized for player fear. Look at which first person shooters are a succes, its not the ones where you can shoot the most creatures (anyone excited for serious sam 3?), its the ones where even very few creatures can hurt you very bad, very fast, when you least expect it. The tactical shooters where getting spotted and hit once pretty much means game over are perhaps the most populair subgenre ever. This to me says something, just not as much as the stanford prison experiments. (Which btw, show some simalairity to the sims, shit, way to smash my own argument)

Re:What's it saying... (2, Funny)

jE (33421) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544065)

Well, you see, games about getting out of bed, going to work, scooping cat poop into a bag and such never really took off.

You keep using that word.... (1)

drxenos (573895) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544193)

"Gold" in this case means that its the final version, ready for sell. It does not mean "sold a million copies" as in music sells.

Re:What's it saying... (1)

Gondola (189182) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544666)

A common misconception among people who don't follow the videogame release market is that "gone gold" means they've sold X copies of the videogame. Not true; "gone gold" merely means that the publishing house has declared that the game is ready to be mass duplicated and released to market.

By implying something about a game that has "gone gold" means something about people, implies that the release is equal to popularity, which in this case, is a confusing comparison to the record industry (ie, gone gold, gone platinum, etc.)

Re:gmail (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543843)

Thanks buddy! I've been waiting months for an invite! I like how you can google your mail!

Re:gmail (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543857)

I've googled your mail, it's nothing special.

Re:gmail (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543867)

Somebody ought to cut your nuts off with rusty tweezers and remove your redundant ass from the genepool.

lol (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543878)

u got owned by me lol

Only On Slashdot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543891)

do people bitch and moan all day about some irrelevent trolls but mod up blatant ad-hominemt and digusting graphic imagery.

hypocrites

Re:gmail (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543892)

amen to that, mate...
I was unfortunate enough to click on this from work... I WORK IN CUSTOMER SERVICE. LIVE, PERSON TO PERSON CUSTOMER SERVICE.

If there was a (-5, Kill this asshole) mod, modpoints be damned you'd get it.

Re:gmail (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543900)

Shouldn't you be working and not surfing the web?

You deserve what you got.

HEY EVERBODY IM LOOKING AT GMAIL (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543869)

Shock site in the above links. Clever though, good up the good work trolls

Re:gmail (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544558)

Schweet, thx. When I signed up, it said I had 2 GB of storage in my account. Does everyone have this now or is it just with these invites here?

No It Hasn't (4, Informative)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543831)

Read the article on IGN (actually, it is Voodoo Extreme), and you will see that Valve has submitted the game to BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and PEGI (Pan European Games Information) for rating. While this would most likely require the game to be in final build status, there has been NO announcement from Valve or Vivendi as of yet.

Re:No It Hasn't (3, Insightful)

r0j (715273) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543932)

Even the creator of this thread didn't RTFA, what is the world coming to?

Dom.

Re:No It Hasn't (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544151)

I'll beleive it's gone gold once my Steam Account unlocks HL2 for me and let's me play it.

Re:No It Hasn't (1)

j.bellone (684938) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544238)

You'll be waiting for it to hit store shelves then, because that's when Steam will 'unlock' it and allow you to play. Predictions anyone? I'm taking a guess for November 2nd.

And soon, Vampire: Bloodlines (5, Interesting)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543836)

For those who haven't heard, Vampire: Bloodlines [vampirebloodlines.com] is a vampire game done by Troika. It also uses the Half-Life 2 engine and looks to be a very interesting game. Reports are that Vampire should ship soon after Half-Life 2.

Re:And soon, Vampire: Bloodlines (2, Interesting)

selderrr (523988) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543964)

I don't want to troll, but honestly, that game looks like shit. If this is supposed to show of the quality of the HL2 engine, well, I'm seriously disappointed.

Look at the screenshots : the player models are rather low-poly. Not realistic at all (look at elbow junctions for instance... ) Not much more accurate than Quake3. The environment is very very very rectangular. Quake2 would approach this level ! The lightning is very ordinary, with polygon edges showing everywhere.

If you compare this to Doom3, well the difference is HUGE... Can anyone else who has betatested confirm that this is HL2 quality ?

Re:And soon, Vampire: Bloodlines (2, Informative)

j.bellone (684938) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544247)

This game is indeed running on the Source engine, but it's not the graphics quality that Half-Life 2 is on. I wouldn't go as far as saying it looks like crap though, I personally am looking forward to playing it, but it's not on the same level as Half-Life 2. I suppose that Trokia decided to keep the models on the lower end so that more of the fan base can play it.

I'd recommend looking at the movies (2, Informative)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544249)

I tend to disagree. To decide for yourself, you can check out the movies at the Yahoo preview [yahoo.com] . Personally, I'm amazed at what they've done with Half-Life 2's facial expressions.

Re:And soon, Vampire: Bloodlines (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543977)

We are pretty much done with the game. Due to contractual issues with Valve we are not allowed to ship it until 30 days after HL2's release date.

OMG have u seen the new HL2 trailer? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543844)

OMFG have you seen the Half-Life 2 trailer it's like slow then the music kicks in and and Gordon comes out and gets a gun and Gordon is like fuck this and HE KILLS ALL THESE GUYS WITH GASMASKS with angels singing and he lands on the bad guys and that annoying alyx lady is like GO GET EM TIGER! SOME RANDOM SCIENTEST IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~`1 and theres less polys but rawkin bumb mappings you can view this on a special VALVe PC disk that comes with EB games store.

Thank you! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544559)

I loved the Halo 2 troll, and I was expecting this adaptation. Good job, I like it but not as much as the Halo 2 original.

I give it a 4 out of 5.

Halo 2 and HL2 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543847)

Great , Soon as I finish getting Halo 2, I'll grab this.

Well... (4, Interesting)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543865)

What if Half Life 2 became available to download in a week's time, before it hit stores? Would Valve still release it ahead of time? Better yet, would people download it from Steam or get it for free anyways?

Furthermore, I just want to take this moment and talk directly to developers and publishers who have worked so hard to get their games out just before this holiday season: Sucks to be you. This year is filled with some immense competition from a lot of sequels, especially in the console arena... Doom 3, Half Life 2, San Andreas, GT4, Halo 2, and I believe the newest Biohazard is coming out, as well as Metal Gear Solid, right?

That being said, I just bought HL2 "Bronze" (I couldn't see myself spending $90.00 just to get a hat and a soundtrack).

Re:Well... (1)

jaquesparrow (822642) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543937)

It's true that there will be a lot of competition. But the mere fact that majority of those aforementioned titles are such solid games that shows promise; they will all do quite well in their own regard. I mean I personally am probably going to pick up a ps2 just to play the gt4 and snake. I already have doom 3 and farcry; definitely going to get half life 2. These games are just good and respected. People will pay and the rest will pirate.

Re:Well... (1)

Tarrek (547315) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544090)

Oooo, but why not buy silver? I can't stand CS, personally, but Day of Defeat Source is teh wins, as the kids say these days.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544447)

It took halo2 what a week to before it was available.
Taking bets that this will be released even quicker, anyone?

I need to see to believe (2, Insightful)

octal666 (668007) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543870)

After all this time, I need at least a photo of something a bit on the golden side to believe ANYTHING about HL2

Trust The Internet, It Doesn't Lie (1)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543923)

How about online proof? Numerous game outlets (including EBGames) had moved the game back to the end of November for release. This morning, a brief search of sites (including EBGames [ebgames.com] and Vivendi's online store [vugames.com] have the game shipping on November 1st!

what are you talking about (5, Funny)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543873)

i've had it downloaded on my HDD for days...havent really played it though ;-p

Except. (2, Insightful)

raventh1 (581261) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543875)

Except for the litigation between Valve and VU, I'd believe you. With that going on, VU could hold the game and not even announce that it has gone gold. They can even hold the game until March if they wanted.

When I see a Press Release, I'll finally believe.

The same old story ... (4, Funny)

orangeguru (411012) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543890)

New algorithms and canonfodder for armchair killers. I wonder how many times we can save the universe before itself self destructs because of boredom ...

Deep Breath (5, Insightful)

alnya (513364) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543897)

There should be some sort of law against posting headlines like that - my heart went quite aflutter.
Sadly, it's not true, and until Valve AND Vivendi issue a press release saying "Gold, and you'll be able to play it on this date" none of these "nearly gold", "almost gold", "so almost gold I can taste it" announcements really mean anything.
Mod headline -1.

Re:Deep Breath (1)

gTsiros (205624) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544267)

Actualy, until i have the cd/dvd in my drive and the game is running and running WELL, announcements mean _nothing_

And in 2008... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543912)

Sometime in mid 2008, a computer actually capable of running the game will be announced...

Re:And in 2008... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544286)

its supposed to be scalable...

Priorities People... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543925)

We are about to elect a U.N.-loving, tree-hugging, terrorist-boldening flip-flopper into the white house and you people are talking about COMPUTER GAMES??? GET SOME PRIORITIES!!

Flaaaaaame ON! Re:Priorities People... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544128)

We are about to elect a U.N.-loving, tree-hugging, terrorist-boldening flip-flopper into the white house and you people are talking about COMPUTER GAMES??? GET SOME PRIORITIES!!

Sing it brother! That Bush just loves to start a mess, but, like most Americans, can't finish the job, so has to cozy up to the U.N. and beg for a little you-know-what.

He's also a pinko liberal when it comes to rewriting the law so that raw sewage can be pumped into deep wells in Florida. The government's own studies have shown that drinking water will be contaminated, but the Bush liberal policies toward corporate welfare handouts continues unabated! He took away the EPA's ability to go after those poor businesses that deliberately pollute Americans. Another welfare handout to the rich corporations is allowing 7 times the mercury content produced by coal plants for the forseeable future. Do you want mercury with your fish, or fish with your mercury? George Bush may be against fetal stem cell research, but he's all for fetal genetic mutation with his backward policy toward the environment.

Is Bush a terrorist, himself? Or just in with them? We'll never know, since this administration will never talk. Unless it's to out a CIA operative, a traitorous offence. Even the Justice department is behind these traitorous deeds by incarcerating two reporters who did NOT expose the operative, while the douchebag Bob Novak, a traitor to America, continues to go free.

How many times has he flip-flopped? First he was against nation building, now he's for it. Then he was going to let the U.N. vote on war with Iraq, then he invaded anyway. He was against Homeland Security, then he was for it. He was against the 9/11 commission, then he was for it. Then he was against appearing before them, then he showed up with Cheney's hand up his ass. He was only going to give them an hour, then he gave them whatever time they needed. He thought the States should decide gay marriage, then he wants a constitutional amendment. Bush mocked Gore's tax credit on hybrid vehicles, then he was for it. He was for extending the ban on assault weapons, then he was against it, then he was for it, can he never make up his mind (on anything other than tax cuts for the rich welfare buddies and invading Iraq)? Bush was for a protectionist stance by imposing steel tarriffs, then he was against them. Yes, I can see where many people would call Bush a flip-flopper.

Not really. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544552)

I live in Florida. Yes, that Florida. Orlando area to be specific, but I do a lot of traveling towards Jacksonville. Let me tell you something. I think Bush is going to win Florida. I see an order of magnitude more Bush/Cheney bumperstickers than I see Kerry/Edwards bumperstickers. Granted this isn't exactly scientific, but I've also noticed this trend in talking and listening to people. It has been my experience that most people are going to vote for Bush, or at least claim they are. Maybe they are closet liberals. Personally, I'm going to vote for Anybody But Bush (i.e. Kerry). I think it's wierd how Slashdot always complains and bashes Bush, and yet half of the nation thinks he's done a good job. I think there's a lot of closet conservaties here who are afraid or intimidated to speak out because they will inevitably be modded down. There are counterexamples to this, but they are far and few between.

This story... (4, Interesting)

sinner0423 (687266) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543928)

..is all speculation. This is yesterdays news, and hasn't involved an official PR by Valve or Vivendi. As much as I would like this to be true, there aren't any facts to substantiate it.

Between playing CS:Source and reading the steampowered.com forums, I'd be amazed that it will be available for a November release.

There are tons of bugs, exploits, and cheats going around any CS:Source (HL2 powered) servers. IMHO, it looks like they really rushed CS out the door, and it's pissed off a lot of steam subscribers. I should only hope with the official gold announcement comes a big patch to address the many issues they've already got.

Re:This story... (2, Informative)

HexRei (515117) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544442)

CS:Source multiplayer hacks don't have much bearing on HL2, which is a singleplayer game...

You mean.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543949)

Half Life 2 Goes Gay

What the hell does "gone/going gold" mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543957)

I can't be the only person who didn't understand this term: http://www2.tranceaddict.com/forums/archive/topic/ 207966-1.html [tranceaddict.com]

Re:What the hell does "gone/going gold" mean? (4, Informative)

sinner0423 (687266) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543996)

Terminology used when software is burned onto a "gold" cd that will be sent to the CD manufacturers to be reproduced. So named because of the CDR burnable CDs are gold backed normally. Also See Going Glass.

Taken from Gamedev.Net [gamedev.net]

Re:What the hell does "gone/going gold" mean? (2, Interesting)

slasher guy (624616) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544049)

From the Halo 2 Gold announcement (I'm not sure how accurate this is conserning pc games):
"Gone Gold" is a somewhat archaic expression, since the "gold discs" are actually digital tapes and eventually silver discs. But it certainly feels golden. This basically means that the game has been shipped to retail manufacture. Somewhere in the world, a gigantic DVD pressing factory has started making Xbox game discs with the utterly complete version of Halo 2. Maybe there IS a gold disc somewhere. Perhaps it's time for an epic quest!

In other news... (-1, Redundant)

OneNonly (55197) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543960)

Aliens from mars invade New York City...

Hey, it's not that unbelieveble..? ??!

About time (3, Insightful)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543966)

Now we'll see if the game lives up to the hype it has been subjected to. Doom 3 suffered much from this (don't look at me, i loved it).

In other news: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10543988)

As of today November 2nd, Half life 2 was leaked via the access to Gabe's password which he apparently changed from gaben to Gaben. So please. lets all gabe with Gabe.

Is anyone else torn between... (3, Interesting)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10543993)

...using Steam to get HL2 vs. buying it retail? If I recall correctly you can only get the package that includes the Source rework of HL1 via online purchase and I *really* want that, but I still don't like the idea of dropping $50 or so on a game and not getting anything physical to hang on to. I know it's old-fashioned, but I still like having a backup copy to hang on to just in case my drive dies or something.

Re:Is anyone else torn between... (3, Informative)

sinner0423 (687266) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544035)

...using Steam to get HL2 vs. buying it retail? If I recall correctly you can only get the package that includes the Source rework of HL1 via online purchase and I *really* want that, but I still don't like the idea of dropping $50 or so on a game and not getting anything physical to hang on to. I know it's old-fashioned, but I still like having a backup copy to hang on to just in case my drive dies or something.

Amen to the "I want tangible stuff" comment. Check out this [steampowered.com] post for a solution. Basically, you'll have to archive all of the \steamapps folder with winrar, and back it up on DVD/CD. About 2 1/2 DVD's or a fsckload of CD's are your options.

Re:Is anyone else torn between... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544067)


4) Select the "Store" compression method >>>
(You can select best etc but using "store" will ensure that nothing gets corrupt during compression)


Who wrote this nonsense? "store" is not a compression, and even if it was it would have nothing to do with the chance of things getting corrupt.

Re:Is anyone else torn between... (4, Informative)

edo-01 (241933) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544039)

If you lose your PC or your hard drive you can just login to Steam from your new PC and all the games you bought can be downloaded again. I've done it on the three machines I use all the time. You can also copy the Valve directory from machine to machine over the top of a fresh Steam install.

So, backup your Valve directory to a DVD-R, and if you ever lose that you can download it again any time.

About f time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544005)

GOOD. I was one of the stupid ones to preorder when it was first announced and the stupid store wouldnt refund my money even though they knew it ouldnt be out for ages. On the plus side I'm getting it for way less than RRP since I got in before the new taxes and duties came into effect.

Certified != Gold (3, Informative)

KombuchaGuy (752406) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544008)

if you look on the BBFC page http://tinyurl.com/6t96x [tinyurl.com] you'll see that GTA:SA completed certification on 4th October, a week before going gold. Vampire: Bloodlines a week prior to that and that one hasnt even gone gold yet afaik. Factor in that the process takes a couple of weeks then you could still be looking at anything up to a month before it even goes gold.

You really have to love this (3, Informative)

Wilkshake (788751) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544027)

The journalistic quality of these supposed news sites. All it is, is a bunch of news sites such as IGN [ign.com] , Computer and Video Games [computeran...ogames.com] (Registration may be required) and Gamespot [gamespot.com] shifting about a whole bunch of rumours and maybees.

Purhaps they should do what real journalists do and actually search out for the truth by contacting Valve or Vivendi Universal, rather than trying to connect the dots or use sources like "An Industry Insider". That way they don't sound like trashy womens magazines that get their sources from "Close Friends" and the like.

-

Already Reviewed (1)

MisterTeabag (664494) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544063)

PC Gamer's latest issue has an early review of Half Life 2. They gave is a 98% rating and said it's "arguably the best game ever made".

Gold? Ok... but tell me about a Linux client (4, Insightful)

the_bard17 (626642) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544074)

I'm not too thrilled about it "going gold." So it's [B]finally[/B] going to be released. Booyah.

What would really make my day is if they declared HL2 went gold [B]and[/B] they have a Linux client. Because until they get that second part down, the first is rather meaningless (for me at least).

And don't tell me to get Windows if I want to game. I have my reasons :o).

Re:Gold? Ok... but tell me about a Linux client (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544124)

nice tags there :P

Re:Gold? Ok... but tell me about a Linux client (1)

Atog006 (740287) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544137)

There can't be a Linux version untill DX9 is released for Linux

Cedega? (2, Informative)

JimmehAH (817552) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544422)

It shouldn't be too long until that can run HL2 in all its DX9 glory. It can probably run it fine in DX7/8 already.

Re:Gold? Ok... but tell me about a Linux client (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10544670)

Linux? You populistic bastard!
I'll wait for the BeOS port...

Yeah. (-1, Offtopic)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544147)

HL2 Gone Gold (for real, they think) Friday October 15, @10:54PM Rejected

Yeah. I submitted this link yesterday about 5 minutes after it went up on the net.
*sigh* I want a story posted :(

Full review of the game is on the newsstands (4, Informative)

xigxag (167441) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544322)

PC Gamer's latest December 2004 issue has a very extensive review of the completed HL2 with loads of screenshots and spoilers. They call it "history in the making" and "arguably the best game ever made," finally giving it a 98% rating. For comparison's sake, the same issue also rates Call of Duty:UO at 93%, Evil Genius at 88% and The Sims 2 at 85%.

Re:Full review of the game is on the newsstands (4, Insightful)

cliffski (65094) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544460)

Which is total horseshit. You think PC Gamers 'exclusive' reviews actually use final code? dont be so naieve! the magazine will be allowed to play a beta copy under supervision from marketing people, and told that the numerous bugs and missing bits will be finished before it ships. In return for the 'exlcuive' they agree to give an unfinished game a 95% score, and both companies are happy. The poor schmucks reading PC Gamer usually dont realise whats going on.
magazine reviews are total bullshit. if you want to know what a game is like, the ONLY way to know is to play the demo. If there isnt a demo, set suspicion=suspicion_max

Well, there goes the GPA! (5, Funny)

JWJolly (764101) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544341)

Professor: James, what's happened? It seems like your studies have become disorganized - and your test scores have taken a turn for the worse. Is there anything I need to know?

Me: I'm having.. trouble sleeping, Professor. It .. it's hardest to watch for .. these.. these headcrabs.. especially at night.

Professor: *leans closer* I know; scary little bastards.

In related news... (4, Funny)

alt-j (777543) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544469)

Some "jerk" in the production line has swiped a copy of the French version...

The only weapon in the French version allows you to shout obscenities at each other until you pass out.

My Steam just started re-downloading HL2 (2, Interesting)

CalTrumpet (98553) | more than 9 years ago | (#10544499)

Yesterday, it had told me I had "100%" of the preload (Silver Pack), and now that dropped to 80% and its downloading again.

Perhaps this is a seed of the final changes. I wonder if Steam can do incremental patching of the other preloaded content. Seems likely now.
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